Pending Class Action Cases

Alsco, Inc.

COOPER, ET AL. V. ALSCO, INC.

SGB, along with co-counsel Geoffrey Swindler, has filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, alleging that Alsco, Inc. improperly failed to pay overtime to its Route Sales Representatives operating out of its Eastern Washington facilities. The lawsuit alleges that Alsco improperly classified these employees as exempt outside salespersons under the Washington Minimum Wage Act.  Alsco is engaged in the rental, sale, cleaning, and delivery of uniforms, linens, and other products to businesses throughout...Read More >

Amazon Fresh - Felder, et al. v. AF Operations, LLC and SMX, LLC

SGB, along with co-counsel, has filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, alleging that temporary and permanent fulfillment center employees at Amazon Fresh warehouses in Washington were improperly denied pay for time spent on security clearance lines when leaving the facility for meal breaks and at the end of shifts. The lawsuit also alleges that employees did not receive the full meal breaks required by Washington law as a result of the time spent on security procedures. The case...Read More >

Amerititle, Inc.

RADONOVICH V. AMERITITLE, INC., ESCROW FEE CLASS ACTION.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Amerititle, Inc. breached its contract with borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by charging borrowers unnecessary or excessive fees during the escrow process, including reconveyance, recording, and document retrieval fees. The court certified a settlement class and granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement of the case on October 17, 2013.  A short form notice of...Read More >

Bankers Life & Casualty Co.

DAVID V. BANKERS LIFE & CASUALTY CO., MISCLASSIFICATION OF EMPLOYEES AS INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS.

On June 16, 2011, SGB filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that Bankers Life and Casualty Co. misclassified its agents in Washington state as independent contractors rather than employees. As a result, agents did not receive the overtime or minimum wage payments required under the Washington Minimum Act, RCW 49.46. These agents worked for Bankers Life in Washington state between June 16, 2008, and the present time. Bankers...Read More >

Boyd Coffee Co.

BLACKBURN V. BOYD COFFEE CO.

SGB, along with co-counsel Rob Williamson, filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, alleging that Boyd Coffee Co. improperly failed to pay overtime to its District Sales Representatives and similar job classifications in Washington state. The lawsuit alleges that Boyd improperly classified these employees as exempt outside salespersons under the Washington Minimum Wage Act. Boyd Coffee is engaged in the sale and delivery of coffee, as well as various “allied” products, such as...Read More >

Brink’s

PELLINO V. BRINK'S INC., CLASS ACTION FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE REST AND MEAL BREAKS

SGB filed two class action lawsuits against Brink’s Incorporated in King County Superior Court, Washington, for failure to provide Washington-based armored car messengers and drivers with legally required rest and meal breaks. Following a four week bench trial, Judge Michael Trickey found in favor of the messengers and drivers in Pellino v. Brink’s and entered a judgment of almost $1.3 million in March 2010. This judgment covered employees for the time...Read More >

Comcast Cable Communications Management LLC

LUCKE V. COMCAST CABLE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT LLC.

SGB has filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, alleging that Comcast improperly failed to pay Customer Communications Technicians and similar job classifications in Washington state for all hours worked. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Comcast failed to pay Comm Techs for time spent logged into and working on Tech Net (“log-in time”) before the scheduled start of their work shifts. The case is currently pending before the Honorable Barbara Linde and...Read More >

Davis Wire Corporation

BRUNER, ET AL. V. DAVIS WIRE CORPORATION.

SGB has associated in a class action alleging that Davis Wire Corporation failed to pay production, maintenance, and shipping employees at its Kent, Washington, plant for all hours worked before and after their scheduled shifts and failed to provide statutorily required rest and meal breaks to these employees. The case was originally filed by co-counsel Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt who also remain active in the case. The case was certified as a class action by Judge...Read More >

FedEx

ANFINSON, GEIGER, AND HARDIE V. FEDEX GROUND PACKAGE SYSTEM, INC.

In 2004, SGB filed a class action lawsuit against FedEx in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that FedEx misclassified 320 pick-up and delivery drivers as independent contractors. These drivers worked for the FedEx Home Delivery and FedEx Ground divisions between December 2001 and December 2004. After a four-week trial in March 2009, the jury returned a verdict for FedEx, finding that the drivers were independent contractors. SGB appealed, and on December 20, 2010, the...Read More >

First American Title Co.

SMITH V. FIRST AMERICAN TITLE CO. ESCROW FEE CLASS ACTION.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that First American Title Co. breached its contract with borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by charging borrowers unnecessary or excessive fees during the escrow process, including reconveyance and document fees. The case is currently pending before the Honorable Thomas Zilly in the United States District Court in Seattle, Washington. Discovery is ongoing, and no class has...Read More >

GMAC Mortgage

GARDNER V. GMAC MORTGAGE, LLC LOAN PAYOFF FEE CLASS ACTION.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that GMAC Mortgage breached its contract with borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by requiring borrowers to pay certain fees, including fees for recording a substitution of trustee, when paying off their mortgages. The parties reached a proposed class-wide settlement of the case in March 2012. However, on May 14, 2012,...Read More >

Homecomings Financial

SMITH V. HOMECOMINGS FINANCIAL, LLC.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that GMAC Mortgage breached its contract with borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by requiring borrowers to pay certain fees, including fees for recording a substitution of trustee, when paying off their mortgages. The parties reached a proposed class-wide settlement of the case in March 2012. However, on May 14, 2012, GMACM/Homecomings filed for bankruptcy protection...Read More >

King County Metro Transit

FRECHIN V. KING COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, CLASS ACTION FOR FAILURE TO PROVIDE MEAL BREAKS.

SGB has filed a class action lawsuit against the King County Department of Transportation, alleging that the agency failed to provide Metro Transit bus drivers with lawful 30 minute meal breaks as required under Washington law. The lawsuit alleges that Metro violated state law in two ways: first, by constructing bus run schedules that did not include a 30-minute meal break even as planned; and second, because delays caused by...Read More >

Land Title Co.

KAZMAN V. LAND TITLE CO. ESCROW FEE CLASS ACTION.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Land Title Co. breached its contract with borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by charging borrowers unnecessary or excessive fees during the escrow process, including reconveyance, express mail, and courier fees.

The case is currently pending before the Honorable Ricardo Martinez in Federal Court in Seattle. Discovery is ongoing, and no class has yet been certified.

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OKI Developments, Inc.

PERNA, ET AL. V. OKI DEVELOPMENTS, INC., ET AL.

SGB has associated in a class action alleging that OKI Developments and its affiliated companies, including OKI Golf and Newcastle Golf, violated the Washington Minimum Wage Act and the Washington Consumer Protection Act by retaining a portion of the mandatory service charge that the companies impose on customers without informing customers that some of the automatic service charge is not being paid to the serving staff as tips. The case is filed on behalf of nonsupervisory...Read More >

Old Republic Title, Ltd.

NEFF V. OLD REPUBLIC TITLE, LTD.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit alleging that Old Republic Title breached its contract with home loan borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by overcharging borrowers for recording fees when acting as the closing agent in real estate transactions. The court certified a settlement class and granted preliminary approval of a proposed settlement of the case on November 18, 2013. A Postcard Notice (PDF)of the...Read More >

Phoenix Protective Corporation

ANGLIN V. PHOENIX PROTECTIVE CORPORATION.

SGB has filed a class action lawsuit against Phoenix Protective Corporation (“Phoenix”) in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that Phoenix violated the Washington Minimum Wage Act, the Washington Industrial Welfare Act, and other Washington state wage laws by failing to pay its loss prevention agents and security guards for travel time between work locations during the work day and failing to provide these employees with legally adequate meal breaks. The complaint further alleges that Phoenix breached its contract with...Read More >

Swedish Health Services

HUMPHREY V. SWEDISH HEALTH SERVICES

SGB, along with co-counsel Barry Kramer, has filed a class action suit in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington, alleging that Swedish Health Services breached its contracts with uninsured patients, was unjustly enriched, and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by charging uninsured patients unreasonable and excessive fees for emergency room treatment and care. The lawsuit alleges that Swedish charged uninsured patients significantly higher fees than patients covered by private insurance or government programs for the same emergency treatment...Read More >

Ticor Title of Washington, Inc.

FRANCE V. TICOR TITLE OF WASHINGTON, INC.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit in alleging that Ticor Title of Washington breached its contract with borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by charging borrowers unnecessary or excessive reconveyance fees during the escrow process. The case is currently pending before the Honorable John P. Erlick in King County Superior Court in Seattle with a trial date of May 5, 2014. Discovery is ongoing, and no class has yet been certified.Read More >

U.S. Bank National Association

MORGAN V. U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION.

SGB, along with co-counsel Guy Beckett and Rob Williamson, has filed a class action lawsuit in King County Superior Court, Washington, alleging that U.S. Bank breached its contract with home loan borrowers and violated the Washington Consumer Protection Act by requiring borrowers to pay certain fees, including fees for recording a substitution of trustee, when paying off their mortgages. Final settlement approval was granted on December 6, 2013 by King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu.  Settlement awards will...Read More >